July 31 – August 6, 2017: Poetry from Kathrynn Axton and John Grey

​Kathrynn Axton and John Grey

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​Kathrynn Axton
kathrynnmiigwaans@hotmail.ca

Bio (auto)

Kathrynn Axton is a poet, spoken word artist, Indigenous advocate and nationally certified Canadian addictions counsellor. She is the author of Uncultured Girl (That Writer Kwe Publications, 2017). Her poetry has been featured on AllPoetry Spotlight, Bywords and elsewhere. Her editorials have been featured in Native Hoop Magazine, and elsewhere. When she is not writing she spends her time dedicated to supporting strengthening Indigenous communities and fostering healing journeys of those living with mental health and substance dependence. Ms. Axton is currently located in La Ronge, SK and can be contacted through her website: https://kathrynnmiigwaans.wixsite.com/thatwriterkwe.

The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by ​Kathrynn Axton and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

 

Forethought

encrusted lagoon
elephant nose burial ground
indifferent to touch

Knuckle-less apologies
dragged reluctantly
slick tar
black snake sheds skin
languidly finds land

a dirt moon staggers
throwing empty bottled dreams.

 

Abolishing Spring

We are born with dart gun tongues
unsteady though comparable to cupid
until we shoot out our own vocal chords
and are left standing
pointing at the rotten door.

There is always more fear than reason
asking to walk away
then nailing our hands to the table.

I can’t remember where we came from
and I burned the map in self-defense.

I watched us grow old together
through the edges of an hourglass
before the sun betrayed me
melting each grain of sand.

 

 


John Grey
jgrey10233@aol.com

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John Grey is an Australian poet, currently living in Providence, Rhode Island in the United States. He was recently published in Sheepshead Review, Studio One and Columbia Review and has work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Poem and Spoon River Poetry Review.

The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by John Grey and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Steel Town

Clouds with a backwash of gray,
assault by chimney,

carbon residue clinging to the white,
factory churning out steel and landscape,

smog for hills, ash for trees,
air so pewter, lungs clang;

and then the slag heaps,
a perverse architect’s model

of what a town should be;
look around, eyes burn,

breathe and
throat hacks like jays talk –

if you can’t be bothered    live there